What kit to get and from where
This page contains information about suitable equipment to buy for ordinary college and personal use, based on OUACC's experience of using similar equipment. For information about how to learn the basics of the game, where to go to see the OUACC demonstration match and how to receive free OUACC coaching, please follow this link.
If you are considering buying kit, and would like to try out similar items before you buy or would like some further advice, then do not hesitate to get in touch with the OUACC Committee.
Where to buy equipment
Croquet kit can be bought 'ready boxed', but this is rarely the best way of buying kit, nor the cheapest. The most economic way of buying equipment is to buy the best value pieces of kit separately.
Separate pieces (and sets) are available from various shops, but for many items the Croquet Association Shop offers better prices than the high-street. Contact the CA shop on 01242 242318 or email email@example.com. Note that being a U25 Premium Croquet Association Member (£8/£15) gives you a 10% member discount in the CA Shop, So for example a George Wood mallet (£262-284), it it cheaper to join and buy a mallet than buy a mallet on its own. All you have to do is persuade your college/JCR to buy into the idea! Do check that the sum remains correct and exactly which items and how many of each are discounted in your membership deal!
Croquet Association (CA) Membership
* £15 if you receive paper copies of the magazine.
Suitable Equipment for College Use
The sections below contain details of items suitable for college use, and which are commonly used at OUACC. For detailed information about buying kit see http://www.oxfordcroquet.com/equip. The prices in the sections below are only given for guidance: for up-to-date prices, please contact the supplier.
There are currently 2 types of CA approved balls you can purchase. These meet the tight specifications (size, bounce, weight) required:
Many other balls do not meet the CA specifications. If you have to economise ensure that the balls weigh 16 oz.
When buying mallets there are several factors to consider, as well as price:
The following is a selection of mallets could be of interest.
Don't forget that there are also charges for postage. If you buy a number of mallets, where applicable, postage is charged at bulk rates.
Avoid any hoops wider that ~3 3/4" (95 mm); 4" is unacceptable. If your college buys solid metal hoops they should last many years. Wire hoops are a poor substitute. Currently search for hoops on the Croquet Association shop site, as their menuing system is erratic.
Examples of solid metal approved hoops:
George Wood Championship Croquet Hoops - Set of 6, £309.
Jaques offer a cast hoop with solid carrots (£302).
You may also want to purchase a hoop dibber/drill to make the initial holes, ideally from the same manufacturer as made the hoops.
Lighter weight hoops can be used if the budget will not stretch. For further information see the CA Shop's webpage: www.croquetassociationshop.org.uk
For more casual play, such as garden croquet, equipment can be found at http://www.croquetonline.com. They also supply John Hobbs Mallets, however it must be noted that OUACC has no experience with ordering from this particular website.
© 2021 Oxford University Association Croquet Club